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Experienced Excellence

Eric Schlimgen, a Black Hills native has been practicing since 2016 with measurable success. He prides himself on a deep tradition of excellence, ensuring only the highest quality service. Eric understands the challenges and pressure that comes with every case and is here for you, every step of the way.

Dependable, calm, and well spoken, Eric approaches each new case with the attention it needs. Get in touch with him today.

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University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota

  • Juris Doctor – 2016

  • Honors: Moot Court

Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon

  • Juris Doctor – 2014

  • Major: Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Law

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota

  • Masters of Public Administration magna cum laude – 2016

University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota

  • Bachelors of Criminal Justice & Political Science – 2013

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • B.A. – 2012

  • Honors: Spanish language immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2017
Wyoming, 2017
South Dakota, 2016

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Honors & Awards

South Dakota State Bar Association, Young Lawyer of the Year, 2023

Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum, 2023

Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement, 2023

Martindale- Hubbell Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, 2022

Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement, 2020

The National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense, 2020, 2019, 2022

University of South Dakota 30 Under 30 Class of 2019

South Dakota State Bar & Access to Justice Pro Bono Service Award, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Costello Porter Annual Trust & Wills/Estate Planning Essay Winner, 2015

University of South Dakota Omicron Delta Kappa, Circle President, 2013

University of South Dakota Outstanding Student Leader Award from South Dakota Board of Regents, 2013

University of South Dakota Criminal Justice Faculty Appreciation Award, 2013

Oneta H. Card Government Cooperation Scholarship, 2012

University of South Dakota Mock Trial Advocate Award, 2012

Mary B. Elden Internship Award, 2010

Who’s Who Amongst American Colleges and Universities Distinction, 2013

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Pennington County Defense Bar Monthly Lecturer, 2019: The Pennington County Defense Bar is a collection of attorneys who meet for the purpose of advancing the practice of Criminal Defense. I spoke on the topic of the discrepancies of South Dakota's Marijuana Statutes related to my Law Review Article.

Pennington County Public Defender's Office Monthly Lecturer, 2019: The Pennington County Public Defender's Officer has a monthly lecture series on developments in the area of Criminal Defense. I was the speaker regarding the defense of marijuana cases, specifically regarding the discrepancies in South Dakota's current statutes as two definitions of marijuana apply--choosing the right definition is the difference between a felony and misdemeanor.

Take Back the Night Foundation, 2017: Panelist on forum for dating and domestic violence at Black Hills State University.

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Professional Associations & Pro Bono Activities

Black Hills Mountain Bike Association, Vice-President, 2018 – 2020
Pennington County State Bar, Member, 2017 – Present
West Boulevard Neighborhood Association, Member, 2017 – 2020
Volunteer Judge for Pennington County Teen Court, 2017 – 2019
Volunteer Judge for Lawrence County Teen Court, 2016 – 2017
Rapid City Arts Council, Board Member, 2017 – Present
Minnilusa Historical Association, Volunteer, 2018 – 2018
Audio Arts, Board Member, 2017 – 2018
Rapid City Arts Council Emerging Artists, Member, 2017 – 2018
Rapid City Chamber Young Professional Program, Member, 2016 – Present
South Dakota Commission For National and Community Service, Governor Appointed Commissioner, 2011 – 2015
Volunteer Ask-A-Lawyer State Bar of South Dakota Program, 2018 – Present
Volunteer for Unified Judicial System Access To Justice, 2018 – Present
Pennington County Teen Court Program, Judge, 2017 – Present
Cheisman Center for Democracy, Mock Congressional Hearing Judge, 2017
Lawrence County Teen Court Program, Judge, 2016 – 2017
Black Hills State University Student Diversion Program, Facilitator, 2016 – 2017
South Dakota High School Athletic Association Oral Interpretation & Debate Tournament, Judge, 2016
Miss South Dakota’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, Judge, 2016

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Previous Employment

Clayborne, Loos & Sabers, Associate, 2017 - 2020

Fourth Judicial Circuit, Law Clerk, 2016 – 2017

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